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Constitution class model

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During the production of the Star Trek television shows, most notably Star Trek: The Original Series, numerous studio models were created representing the Constitution-class, in particular the USS Enterprise, more than for any other class of starship. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, advances in technology have resulted in digital versions that were added to the array of models used in the Star Trek franchise.

As art director on the original series, Matt Jefferies was given the assignment to design the Enterprise itself. His only guideline was Gene Roddenberry's firm list of what he did not want to see: any rockets, jets, or fire-streams. The starship was not to look like a classic, and thus dated, science-fiction rocket ship, but neither could it resemble anything that would too quickly date the design. Somewhere between the cartoons of the past and the reality of the present, Matt Jefferies was tasked with presenting a futuristic design of his own.

The theory that space could be warped – a hypothetical means of faster-than-light travel – had first been proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. Years later, Star Trek itself would establish that Zefram Cochrane had first demonstrated warp drive in 2063. In the 1960s, however, warp drive – a delicately balanced, intricate web of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and mystery – initially perplexed Matt Jefferies.
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Today in Trek history

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1929
Christopher Plummer is born.
1935
Gary Combs is born.
1950
L.L. Ginter is born.
1951
Paula Moody is born.
1957
Billy Van Zandt is born.
1958
Lolita Fatjo is born.
1966
Sixth day of filming on TOS: "The Return of the Archons".
Second revised final draft script for TOS: "Space Seed" is submitted.
TOS: "Balance of Terror" airs.
1967
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "The Ultimate Computer".
1968
Third day of filming on TOS: "The Savage Curtain".
1969
The Tenth UK Story Arc begins in TV21 & Joe 90 #12 with the first of six installments.
1978
Ninety-first day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1988
Forty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
1989
Third day of filming on TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise".
1990
First day of filming on TNG: "Galaxy's Child".
1991
Third day of filming on TNG: "Ethics".
1994
Second of two days of reshoots for VOY: "Caretaker".
1995
Final draft script for DS9: "Bar Association" is submitted.
1996
First day of filming on VOY: "Favorite Son".
Final draft script for DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" is submitted.
Star Trek: First Contact is released in the UK.
1999
Second day of filming on VOY: "Ashes to Ashes".
2000
Third day of filming on VOY: "Workforce, Part II".
2001
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "Fusion".
Twelveth day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2002
Star Trek Nemesis is released in the US.
First day of filming on ENT: "Canamar".
2003
Barry Russo dies.
2004
Ben Slack dies.
Seventh (and last) day of filming on ENT: "Affliction".
2007
Filming continues on the Starfleet Academy chambers scenes on location at the Long Beach City Hall for Star Trek.
2017
Lou Elias dies.
Bruce Gray dies.
Vanessa Greene dies.

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